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Published:Wednesday | May 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Hello doctor,About two weeks ago, I received the results of my blood test. I am in a relationship with a wonderful man for over a year. We always use a condom but on one occasion the condom burst...

Published:Wednesday | May 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Response to reader, Cycling to build thigh and calf muscles, Dear Dr Gardner, Can bicycle riding build thigh and calf muscles.I have access to a stationary bike with eight levels of resistance. Could you please suggest a routine to build these muscles? Thank you.

Published:Wednesday | May 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Dear Ms McDaniel, I saw your article on arthritis on April 14 and found it interesting as I am afflicted with this disease in every joint in my body.

Published:Wednesday | May 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Dear Ms Thompson, I read with rapt interest your article, 'Tomato's anti-cancer power' on April 28.

Published:Wednesday | May 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A label must be placed on food offered for trade in Jamaica and it consists of three main areas: A picture/display panel.

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that higher levels of vitamin D may be linked to lower colorectal cancer risk.

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Dear Dr Gardner,Recently I gained 20 pounds. I am 34 years old, 5 ft 8 in. tall, no children and attending school. I think the weight gained has a lot to do with the hours I sometimes study and eat.

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Men suffer from recurrent 'belly bottom' (pelvic pain) too. This pain in the lower abdomen is often associated with frequent urination and pain in the groin area and private parts. When investigated these men usually do not have infections...

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Sandi Taylor is busy as a bee these days, stirring her 10-member committee into a frenzy as they prepare for the Jamaica Cancer Society's Relay for Life, a major fund-raising event....

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I can still remember that day when my father's doctor called me.He read out the laboratory results. My worst fears had become real; my father was diagnosed with cancer...

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We were never promised a fair life. I guess you could say that we all have our burdens to bear. However, there are some burdens that seem particularly unfair such as the fact that so many people...

Published:Wednesday | April 28, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Many of us experience difficulty falling asleep. We toss and turn all night, waking up long before morning. This can be grief!

Published:Wednesday | April 28, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Eating merely to full your belly these days just isn't in. What you eat actually determines your disease profile and the way you look, feel, and even behave. As can be seen from the ancient cultures...

Published:Wednesday | April 28, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Some people have poor posture because of injury, malnutrition, muscular weakness, heredity, ill-fitting clothes and habit.

Published:Wednesday | April 28, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Some of us have food-preparation habits which may not be healthy. Some popular habits include:

Published:Wednesday | April 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica this week observes 'Go Red for Women' with activities to increase women's awareness of heart disease and debunk the myth that it is a 'male disease'.'Go Red for Women' is a global campaign giving women a personal and...

Published:Wednesday | April 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Okra, a relative of the cotton and hibiscus, is native to Africa but it is believed that it was brought to the Americas as food for slaves.

Published:Wednesday | April 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Every time I have a discussion on cervical cancer, I think of Jenny. Maybe I remember her because she was a young, black woman, only 33 years old, just a few years older than I was when we met. Maybe I remember her because she was such a likeable person or because I felt so sorry that she had to die that way.

Published:Wednesday | April 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Recently, colleague health columnist Dahlia McDaniel wrote about her challenges with rheumatoid arthritis. This week, I will share with readers information about another type of arthritis which is truly a bane of life - osteoarthritis.

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It is difficult for some of us to exercise after a day of manual work. Yet, exercise is one of the best ways to overcome the stress and fatigue of a hard day's work. After exercising, we will feel energised to take on other tasks....

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Recently, I had to part company with my housekeeper, who used to assist me with meal preparations. I lead a very busy lifestyle and I am convinced of the benefits of wholesome home-cooked meals.

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

People in my neck of the woods have settled into the weekly routine of buying high-priced water to fill our tanks.

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Osteoarthritis is a painful disease which results from breakdown of cartilage, the strong rubbery material which cushions the ends of the bones.

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The notion is that 'bad foods' are usually recalled from the trade.Consumers are expected to make the right choices when purchasing foods but these choices are usually driven by convenience and cost...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Men who smoke cause disease and death in themselves and those around them.Environmental tobacco smoke, also called second-hand smoke or passive smoking...

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